The Venerable Bahadur Shah Zafar

The Cranes and the Adonises, step aside. *Bugles Blare* Bahadur Shah Zafar is the true original exilic poet.

This cool blog here by the name of Jahan-e-Rumi, recently posted the following (abbreviated)-

The anguish of Bahadur Shah Zafar

The last of the Mughal Emperors – Bahadur Shah Zafar – died in exile after the 1857 War of Independence. He was a gifted poet and a patron of struggling artists in Delhi. I found a translation of his famous ghazal here. Below is an image of a stamp with an image of verses by Zafar

Lagta nahiin hai jii mera ujray dayar mein
Kis kii banii hai aalam-e-na-payedar mein
Kah do in hasarataun se kahiin awr jaa basen
Itanii jagah kahan hai dil-i daaghdaar mein

You ask for a translation, I submit (As always, it is a liberal one):

My heart finds no repose in this desolation.
In this transient world, has anyone held it all–
for all too long.

Tell this longing to abide elsewhere,
There is not room enough in my ravaged heart!


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